Dec. 12, 2003
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The No. 9 Florida State Seminoles (10-2, 7-1 ACC) practiced for just over an hour Friday afternoon as they began to prepare for their Orange Bowl match-up with No. 10 Miami (10-2, 6-1 Big East). The Seminoles were off the last two weeks following the Florida game and completed final exams this week. The team will practice through Saturday, December 20th and then break for the holidays.
“It was a pretty good first practice,” said head coach Bobby Bowden. “It was kind of like a Monday night practice during the season. We’re just trying to get back in the swing of things.”
The Orange Bowl is set for an 8:30 p.m. kickoff on January 1st. The game will be televised by ABC.
“There are a lot of positives to playing Miami,” said Bowden. “We were just surprised. We thought we would be heading out west. I know our kids are excited. It brings meaning to the game. When you aren’t playing for a national championship or a conference championship the next best thing to motivate you is playing Miami or Florida. That will motivate you.”
Junior offensive tackle Alex Barron was excused from practice to attend the FWAA All-American banquet in Orlando. Barron earned another honor on Friday as he was named a Walter Camp first team All-American.
A limited number of Orange Bowl tickets are available and can be purchased on www.seminoles.com. Tickets go on sale Friday at 6:00 p.m.